Board of Directors

Ladislaus Joseph Mwamanga is currently the Executive Director of Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) under the President Office State House, a post held for six years. TASAF is now implementing TASAF III, a Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) covering 161 operation areas (local government authorities) and has enrolled over 1.1 million extremely poor households who are benefiting with cash transfers and engagement in livelihood initiatives. He has worked with TASAF since its design of the pilot in 1999 as an information systems consultant and worked in different capacities with TASAF I from 2000 to 2004 and TASAF II from 2005 to 2012. Before joining TASAF, he worked with Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) from 1982 to 1984, the National Bank of Commerce (NBC) from 1987 to 1994 and the Oil Marketing Company, Total Tanzania Limited form 1994 to 1999. He is a holder of a Master’s Degree of Business Administration, majoring in Information Systems and Management from the Netherlands and graduated in 1993. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Computing from University of Dar es Salaam (1987), a Diploma in computer studies and Strategic Information Systems at the ICL training Centre in Dar es Salaam (1989) and a degree from the Institute of Information Systems and Policy in Singapore (2006). He has attended several national and international trainings and workshops on social protection, strategic management, poverty analysis, and information systems in different countries.

Ladislaus Joseph Mwamanga (Board Chair)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TANZANIA SOCIAL ACTION FUND (TASAF)

Angela Howard, a native of Grenada in the West Indies, is a Managing Director of the Culture, Health and Education (CHE) Practice at Jonathan Rose Companies in New York. Her current role is to provide development management and strategic consulting services to the firm’s educational, cultural and civic clients. She helps to plan, program, design, finance and construct educational, cultural and social services facilities in collaboration with the Jonathan Rose Companies Housing Development Practices. From 2008 to 2009, she served as the Senior Director of Project Management for the Battery Park City Authority. Her responsibilities included capital planning, budgeting and project management for the Irish Hunger Memorial Reconstruction and the North Timber Pile Rehabilitation. She also serves as a founding Board member and Education Committee chair of Academy of the City Charter School in Queens, NY, as well as being an education advisor to the 14+ Foundation, focusing on developing the math and science curricula for their schools in Zambia.

Angela Howard (Vice Chair)

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CULTURE, HEALTH & EDUCATION PRACTICE, JONATHAN ROSE COMPANIES

Helen Lauer is a full professor in the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, College of Humanities, University of Dar es Salaam, where she joined the faculty in December 2015. In 2008-2012 she was the head of the Department of Philosophy and Classics at the University of Ghana where she had taught full time since 1988, after one year of post-doctoral work with the faculty of philosophy at Oxford University, UK. She received her BA degree in comparative religion (summa cum laude) from City College and Hunter College in New York (1976), which involved two years’ research work in India and Nepal. She received a second BA in mathematics (2000) while teaching philosophy at University of Ghana; her MPhil (1983) and PhD (1986) are in philosophy from the City University of New York Graduate Center. She has compiled several anthologies of African scientists and humanities scholars with support by the World Bank for accessibility to innovative resources on the African continent—the most recent has been translated into Portuguese (2016) by FUNAG under the auspices of Brazil’s Foreign Affairs Ministry. She has published several anthologies and textbooks for African scholars under the banner of Hope Publications in Ibadan, with funding from the Swiss Embassy and UNESCO. She was a columnist and featured editor (2003-2006) for the oldest independent newspaper in Accra, The Statesman. Helen was inducted as a Fellow in the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015.


Helen Lauer

PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY & RELIGIOUS STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM

Fortunata Songora Makene is an Associate Professor of sociology, Senior Researcher and Head of Strategic Research and Publications at ESRF. She has taught Sociology, Global Studies and Women Studies in the United States. Fortunata worked at ESRF in the 1990s and she was in the secretariat that crafted the Development Vision 2025 for Tanzania. In the USA she managed the Commission on Status of Women for St. Cloud State University and East African immigrant experience in the United States research project at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests are social protection and human rights (specifically children rights and women’s rights), globalization and development, immigration, sociology of law, and transnational institutions (international finance, governmental and nongovernmental organizations). In particular, her work is rooted primarily in sociology, but incorporates important elements of law and anthropology. To date, her research has focused on how laws and policies are experienced on the ground by vulnerable populations, especially children in non-industrialized countries. She is currently managing various research projects using qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Fortunata Songora Makene

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND HEAD OF STRATEGIC RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION (ESRF)

Joseph Mhilu holds a Master Degree in Business Administration (Corporate Management) from Mzumbe University and he is currently serving as Assistant to Vice Chancellor and Principal Planning Officer at Mbeya University of Science and Technology (MUST). He is also a member of the Secretariat of the University Council and committees. He has extensive experience in development planning and is dedicated to improving community welfares through a participatory involvement in planning, evaluation and implementing development programs. In the year 2005 to 2009, he was employed by Habitat for Humanity in Zanzibar as a Project Manager.

Joseph Mhilu

ASSISTANT TO VICE CHANCELLOR AND PRINCIPAL PLANNING OFFICER, MBEYA UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (MUST)

Sabasaba Kitewita Moshingi joined TPB in 2011 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to this Sabasaba was Regional Head of Consumer Banking Operational Risk and Sales Governance in Northern Gulf, Levant and Oman based in the Kingdom of Bahrain for Standard Chartered Bank from 2007. Sabasaba, a seasoned banker, is also a Board Member and President of the Africa Regional Group, Vice President for Presidents Committee of the World Savings and Retail Banking Institute (WSBI Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium), Governing Council Member and Representative in East African Community of the Tanzania Bankers Association, Governing Council Member and Chairman of the Education Committee of the Tanzania Institute of Bankers, Board Member of the Association of Savings Banks of East Africa, Board Member and Vice Chairman of the Umoja Switch, Board Member Association of Tanzania Employers (ATE), an Advisory Board Member of AIESEC Tanzania and an Eisenhower Fellow. He is a certified chartered banker with a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Sabasaba Kitewita Moshingi

CEO, TPB BANK PLC

Winnie Terry is passionate about making a difference and developing solutions to social and economic problems to low income people. She has almost 12 years’ experience in microfinance while working with FINCA Tanzania and Tujijenge Tanzania in different capacities. She has attended numerous short courses on microfinance, management and leadership locally and internationally. She is currently working with Tanzania Association of Microfinance Institutions (TAMFI) as an Executive Director. TAMFI is a not for profit umbrella organization which brings together more than 120 Microfinance Institutions in the country. Winnie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Dar es Salaam and a Master Degree in International Development (Economic Policy) from University of Ohio, USA.

Winnie Terry

CEO, TANZANIA ASSOCIATION OF MICROFINANCE INSTITUTIONS (TAMFI)